1857 – Born on the 24th of July in Fredericia, Denmark.
1873 – Pontoppidan partly revolted against his environment by beginning studies in engineering in Copenhagen.
1879 – He broke off his studies and became for several years a teacher.
1881 – His first collection of stories, Stækkede Vinger.
– He supported himself by writing, partly as a journalist with various Copenhagen papers.
1927 -His final novel, Mands Himmerig “Man’s Heaven, describes neutral Denmark during World War I and attacks carefree materialism.
1933-1940 – His last important work was the four volumes of memoirs that he published and that appeared in a collected and abridged version, entitled Undervejs til mig selv.
1943 – Died on the 21st of August in Ordrup, near Copenhagen.